With the price of gas, food, and the overall economy taking a downturn, Major League Baseball is attempting to reach out to fans by touting that "clubs are responding to the challenging economic times by providing cost-effective, affordable ticket opportunities this season."
MLB is offering different pricing options, including value-added tickets and ballpark promotions, and as they claim, "the 30 Clubs have created numerous reasonably priced, family-friendly ticket options. Among the unique promotions that Clubs currently offer include: $1 tickets, 2-for-1 ticket days, free postgame concerts, baseball clinics, autograph opportunities and play areas; kids days, student nights, fireworks nights, running the bases days, and e-savers."
Some clubs, such as the Twins, also provide gas cards or discounts based on the average price of gas across the nation.
"Going to a Major League Baseball game remains a great entertainment experience that is affordable for families," said Baseball Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig. "The Clubs have created numerous reasonably priced ticket options so that fans who are on a budget can spend a day at the ballpark. As families consider their weekend and summer activities, there are countless affordable options to enjoy continue enjoying visits to any of the 30 Major League ballparks."
While Major League Baseball has established attendance records in each of the past four seasons, culminating in an all-time high of 79,503,175 fans in the 2007 regular season, entering this week, Major League Baseball was slightly ahead of last year's record-setting pace.
This year has seen some clubs setting some seats prices at all-time highs, including $100 increases for box seats at Yankee Stadium from $150 to $250 and premium seating at Nationals Park running as high as $325 per game.
As MLB reaches out, they have set up a webpage where fans can go online to MLB.com or any of the team websites and click on the "Best Values in Baseball" links. View a team-by-team listing of what MLB lists as "affordable ticket promotions" here.
Source: MLB Press Release, Business of Sports Network research